When getting dressed, there are a few keys to remember. For instance, make sure your socks match. Also, be careful you don’t skip any loops with your belt. And always – I mean always – double check your zipper!
But there’s one other key to getting dressed…and this one can teach us a lot about life, in general.
It’s a mistake that every man – and every woman – has made at least once in their lives. After buttoning your shirt, you discover that the bottom of your shirt isn’t level; one side is higher than the other. Then you see the gap somewhere along your chest or stomach.
Yep, you’ve missed a button…or a buttonhole.
There’s a right way and a wrong way to button a shirt. Every little boy is taught that the best way to button his shirt is to start at the very top button and work down from there. Starting in the middle can be a bit of a guess. Does this button go with this hole or that hole? And starting at the bottom can be tricky because some manufacturers sew an extra button on the shirt in case another button needs to be replaced.
But starting at the top is straightforward. Get that top button correct, and everything else pretty much falls into place.
The same is true in life.
If we start at the top by securing our relationship with God, then everything pretty much falls into place after that. Getting that relationship in place usually means all the other “buttons” and “holes” line up. But if we don’t start with God, then everything that follows is, at best, a guess. That’s a good way to wind up with a lot of gaps, wrinkles, and mistakes in life.
So make sure to always start at the top, whether buttoning a shirt or prioritizing your life.
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